Buen Vivir with Claudia Yadira Caballero

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In this talk, we discuss Claudia’s paper introducing the notion and roots of Buen Vivir and her work at the Multitrueke Mixiuhca Network on prosumer communities and local social-ecological currency. Follow-up topics include hegemony, cooptation, and the need to go beyond both bottom-up and top-down thinking, towards a ‘mesoeconomics’. From the paper: “[...] In Ecuador they call it “good living”, or sumak kawsay (in Kichwa). In Bolivia they refer to “living well together”, or suma qamaña (in Aymara), and also sumak kawsay (in Quechua). There are similar (but not identical) notions among other indigenous peoples, such as the Mapuche (Chile), the Guarani (Bolivia and Paraguay), the Kunas (Panama), the Achuar (Ecuadorian Amazon), as well as in the Mayan (Guatemala and Southern Mexico), and in Oaxaca (Mexico). Of course, there are many visions related with the search for good living in African and Eastern people, too. It is worth citing the contributions of non-violent philosophies and a wide range of environmentalist and feminist theories around the world. Good living is part of a long pursuit for life alternatives forged in the heat of humankind’s struggles for emancipation and life.” Biography Claudia Yadira Caballero is an economist, sociologist and activist for solidarity economy and communitarian money. She is the founder of the Multitrueke Mixiuhca Network, coordinator of the Little School of the Network Tláloc and a member of Ecosystemic Dialogues. Links Multitrueke Mixiuhca Network https://vida-digna.org.mx/multitrueke/ (https://vida-digna.org.mx/multitrueke/) https://www.facebook.com/Comunidad-Multitrueke-Mixiuhca-1748320212147607/ (https://www.facebook.com/Comunidad-Multitrueke-Mixiuhca-1748320212147607/) Ecomún https://vida-digna.org.mx/compartir/ (https://vida-digna.org.mx/compartir/) https://www.facebook.com/ecomunes/ (https://www.facebook.com/ecomunes/) Communique from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (October, 2020) https://avispa.org/zapatista-delegations-will-visit-various-continents-from-europe-to-africa/ (https://avispa.org/zapatista-delegations-will-visit-various-continents-from-europe-to-africa/) Mercado Popular (Uruguay) https://mps.org.uy/ (https://mps.org.uy/) https://www.facebook.com/mercadopopulardesubsistencia/ (https://www.facebook.com/mercadopopulardesubsistencia/) Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (Colombia) https://www.onic.org.co/en/onic-en/our-history (https://www.onic.org.co/en/onic-en/our-history) About the SPIDERS Platform This series of talks is organized on behalf of SPIDERS, the Seoul Platform for Initiating Discourses on Equitable and Resilient Society, and funded by the Seoul Institute. The talks complement a series of original papers published on the SPIDERS platform, dedicated to outlining the building blocks of post-capitalist political economies and societies, not oriented around growth and profit, but rather good lives and a flourishing web of life in times of profound planetary change. Hosting these talks are founder of the P2P Foundation, Michel Bauwens, and Rok Kranjc, researcher, designer and translator in the fields of political ecology, alternative economies and participatory futures. Link to the paper series: http://seoulhumanities.or.kr/sub03/e_result.html

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